Physicians for a National Health Program-New York Metro's February 2014 Forum:

"Understanding the Politics of American Social Insurance Programs in the Era of Obamacare"

February 18th, 2014 - 7:30pm - 9pm


Ted Marmor, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Management
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Yale University

Discussant: Donald Light, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Visiting Researcher, Princeton University

Social insurance is one of the central tenets of modern societies, yet our country is mired in the political battle of a generation: cherished social programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security face major threats in our age of austerity.

Leading scholar Ted Marmor has co-authored the new book "Social Insurance: America's Neglected Heritage and Contested Future," with Jerry L. Mashaw and John Pakutka.

In 1965, Dr. Marmor worked for Wilbur Cohen, who as Under Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services) guided Medicare through the legislative process. This first-hand experience led Dr. Marmor to write The Politics of Medicare, the definitive history of the creation of Medicare.

Dr. Marmor has testified before Congress about medical care reform, social security and welfare issues. He is the author or co-author of thirteen books, more than 200 articles, and numerous opinion pieces.

Join us for a discussion on the history, economics, politics and philosophy of social insurance in this country and how they impact the move toward an improved Medicare-for-all health insurance system.

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